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Former Lynx star Maya Moore to sit out another season

Moore helped lead the Lynx to four WNBA championships in her eight seasons with the team.
Credit: Jordan Johnson
Maya Moore #23 of the Minnesota Lynx enters the court before game against the Indiana Fever on July 3, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS — Former WNBA MVP and Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore will sit out another season, according to a New York Times report.

Moore's agent confirmed the report in a message to KARE 11.

The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time WNBA Champion said in an interview she will be taking another year off to continue to fight for the release of Jonathan Irons, a man who is serving a 50-year sentence for an incident back in 1997 where he was convicted of burglary and assault. Irons, who Moore believes was wrongly convicted, was 16 years old when the incident occurred.

"Over the last year we have been in frequent contact with Maya around the great work in criminal justice reform and ministry in which she is fully engaged," said Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve, in a statement. "We are proud of the ways that Maya is advocating for justice and using her platform to impact social change."

The 30-year-old, who was a first-team All-WNBA selection five times, will also not be participating in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after helping lead the United States to Gold Medals in 2012 and 2016.

Moore sat out last season after leading the Lynx in scoring for the fifth time in six seasons. In her eight seasons with the Lynx, she missed only one game and holds team records in scoring average (18.4 points per game), three-pointers made (530) and steals (449).

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